Here are some basic guide lines in order to best take care of your musical instrument:
Put your piano in a suitable place - to prevent damage, place your piano in a room with consistent temperatures and humidity levels year round. An ideal temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21.1 degrees Celsius). An ideal humidity is 50% Avoid locations near AC vents, heaters, fireplaces, high traffic doors and rooms with large windows Use a humidifier in the winter to maintain a consistent humidity level and use a dehumidifier in the spring and summer when humidity levels rise - contact me about fitting a lifesaver system!
Keep your piano at ground level where possible, unless your basement is climate controlled
Where possible, put the piano in a room where pets do not inhabit
Unless made of Ivory, Cover your key when not in use to prevent dust accumulating between the keys
Keep liquids and food at a distance to avoid spillages
Play your piano as regularly as possible to keep the moving parts in order - this will help prevent problems such as sticking keys
Have your piano tuned regularly. It is preferable to have your piano tuned every six months. New pianos may need to be tuned more frequently in the first year
Place your piano away from heat sources, such as radiators, heaters and direct sunlight
Try to avoid placing your piano next to an outside wall to avoid extreme temperature changes
Avoid excessive force when pressing the keys as this can cause damage to the action and stability of tuning.
To keep case part finishing in a pristine condition, avoid placing drinks, ornaments, lamps and other items which could cause scratches, dents and other damage to either the Polyester or French Polish.
Avoid using candles around or on your instrument.
Where possible, avoid placing the piano in a room with underfloor heating. A special mat can be purchased if this is not possible to protect from the heat
There are many moth prevention products available to protect your instrument from moth damage, such as powders and moth catchers – contact me about a range of options to suit your needs.